In 2002, Halle Berry made history as the first woman of colour to win the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in “Monster’s Ball”.
In her speech, Berry dedicated the monumental award to other women of color and noted that her win will open the door for other actresses. “Every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened,” the actress said in her speech.
Now, in an interview with Teen Vogue, the actress looked back on her win and revealed she is unimpressed with the lack of progress since. “It’s troubling, to say the least,” she said.
Berry admitted that she is saddened and hurt that her win did not have more of an impact on the industry. “Wow, that moment really meant nothing. It meant nothing. I thought it meant something but I think it meant nothing,” she said honestly.
As a result, the actress wants to get involved in creating stories for people of colour. Whether it’s directing or producing or acting, Berry wants to create more opportunities.
“It inspired me to get involved in other ways, which is why I want to start directing, I want to start producing more. I want to start being a part of making more opportunities for people of color,” she revealed.